House Passes USMCA Trade Pact

The U-S House yesterday gave overwhelming bipartisan approval to the USMCA, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, which replaces the quarter-century old North American Free Trade Agreement NAFTA.

President Trump pushed hard for the agreement for 3 years, but House Democrats refused to bring it for a vote until they won key concessions on labor and environmental provisions. The vote yesterday was 385-41.

Nebraska 3rd District Congressman Adrian Smith, who worked on key parts of USMCA as a member of the House Ways and Means Committee, says he’s “incredibly pleased” both parties were finally “able to come together on the measure that will greatly benefit Nebraska’s, and America’s, producers, consumers, and businesses small and large.”

Smith says “President Trump correctly determined NAFTA needed to be modernized for the 21st century, and USMCA meets that standard by maintaining existing trade opportunities, creating new ones, and implementing enforcement standards which ensure our partners follow through on the promises they have made.”

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